Someday Your Self-Driving Car Will Pull Over for Police

It was still dark on a Friday morning in November when a California Highway Patrol officer started following a Tesla Model S on Route 101 between the San Francisco International Airport and Palo Alto. The gray sedan was going 70 miles per hour with a turn signal blinking, cruising past multiple exits. The officer pulled up alongside and saw the driver in a head-slumped posture. Lights and sirens failed to rouse him. The car, the officer guessed, was driving itself under the control of what Tesla calls Autopilot. Every Tesla…

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Installation view of “Blackives,” 2019, at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART As many arts institutions begin the process of examining their roles in systemic forms of oppression, the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, one of the most prestigious art schools in the United States, has issued a memo about racism in its history. On Thursday the college’s president, Samuel Hoi, released a statement called “Acknowledging MICA’s Racist Past As We Forge Together a Better Future for All.” The statement was…

The 10 best cars of 2019

On Thursday, Consumer Reports released its latest of the top cars on sale in the US for 2019. The non-profit consumer publication select 10 vehicles for of 2019 Top Picks, all representing different segments of the auto market. In order to become a Consumer Reports Top Pick, a vehicle must prove to be outstanding all-around performers – living up to the publication’s stringent road testing regime, exhibit stellar predicted reliability, safety, and consumer satisfaction. The publication’s road test regime features a series of tests to evaluate braking, handling, comfort, convenience, safety,…